News of Note—Iridium completes $3B upgrade; Pai touts repack progress and more

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Iridium Communications hailed the completion of its $3 billion satellite constellation upgrade campaign. (Pixabay)

Here are some other stories we’re following today:

> Iridium Communications hailed the completion of its $3 billion satellite constellation upgrade campaign known as Iridium NEXT. Release

> At the annual NATE meeting, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai touted “great progress” in the TV channel repack since work began in April 2017. TVTechnology article

Mobile World Congress 2019

Attend the 2-Day Executive 5G Panel Series

FierceWireless is returning to Barcelona, Spain, during Mobile World Congress 2019 with a two-day Executive 5G Panel Series at the Fira Congress Hotel, conveniently located across the street from the MWC Convention Center. The panel events will take place on Feb. 25-26 and will cover 5G and The Fixed Wireless Access Opportunity, Taking 5G Indoors, and Making 5G Ubiquitous. Attendees will have the opportunity to network and hear from 5G leaders including Verizon, Vodafone, Orange, Sprint, NTT Docomo, Boingo Wireless, Qualcomm, and more over the course of two days.

Secure your spot at the event today! Now is your chance to join fellow industry professionals for networking and education. Registration information and the schedule can be found on the website here.

> Multi-Tech Systems, a global supplier of M2M and IoT communication solutions, has joined the CBRS Alliance. Release

> Capital expenditure at Swisscom will fall to its lowest level in six years in 2019 as Swiss laws on radiation limits hold up the deployment of new 5G networks, the operator has indicated in its latest set of results. Light Reading article

> NEC provided a 5G base station for a high-definition video transmission test using 5G connected to a high-speed train in Japan. RCR News article

> SES said its four new O3b Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) satellites arrived safely at the Guiana Space Centre in Kourou, French Guiana, in preparation for launch by a Soyuz rocket from Arianespace in late March. Telecompaper article